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Blood drive honors life lost and lives to be saved

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 10:10 am

Phlebotomist Ronika Williams begins drawing blood from first time donor Makayla McMahan 16, while receiving moral support from friend Austin Norris.

Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department and CB Rescue Squad, held their first annual Red Cross Blood Drive and celebration of life in honor of the late Jim Musselman, Scoutmaster for Troop #258, on April 20 at the OGVFD located at 121 James Monroe Highway from 12 to 6 pm.
Red Cross Phlebotomist and old friend of Musselman Diana Blair and her daughter Amber Huffman helped plan the blood drive to honor Musselman who often held drives at the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad.
Travis Irvine, a member of the Volunteer Fire Department for 8 years, donates blood as often as he can.
His grandmother Naomi was stabbed 21 times and donated blood helped save her life. Travis didn’t say that was the driving force behind him donating, but he did say he just likes helping people. Travis said he doesn’t like needles but he doesn’t get squeamish donating blood.
Drawing Travis’s blood was Phlebotomist Stefany Rosales. She has been with the Red Cross since August and loves her job. “We travel all the time and saving lives while we work so it’s just amazing.”

Read more in this week’s edition of the Westmoreland News.